Mattingly Leaves the Dodgers

Well… not that Mattingly, says Ken Gurnick:

Don Mattingley’s son Preston, a Dodgers Minor Leaguer, was traded to the Indians for outfielder Roman Pena.

Preston Mattingly‘s been a huge bust since being selected in the 1st round in 2006 with a pick received as compensation for Jeff Weaver signing with the Angels; he turned 23 last month, yet hit just .218/.247/.291 in 175 at-bats for low-A Inland Empire and the rookie level Arizona Dodgers.

Pena’s not much better. He just turned 24, and hit .148 in 74 injury-plagued at-bats for high-A Kinston this year. He’s got a .711 OPS in five seasons with Cleveland’s minor league teams, never rising above high-A ball.

Clearly, Pena’s not a prospect, and neither is Mattingly. Under normal situations, this is a complete non-story. However, coming as it does just a week after Don gets named the 2011 manager, it’s certain to raise some eyebrows.